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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Projects

Last Minute Valentine's Day Project Ideas

Looking for last minute Valentine project ideas?  Here are two Valentine cards and one Tiny Treat gift box decorated for Valentine’s Day.

If you have a small gift you are giving your Valentine, just use one of Stampin’ Up!’s many gift boxes, such as this Tiny Treat Box. Or use any box you have and get some inspiration for decorating from this box. Do a little stamping, embellish a little and tie on a pretty ribbon! I always keep some Stampin’ Up! packaging products on hand because you never know when you might need one, and once you have the box, it is easy to decorate! I used the You Plus Me Stamp Set and some coordinating Stacked with Love Designer Washi Tape.

The Wood You Be Mine Photopolymer Stamp Set is great for masculine cards with loving greetings that aren’t “too mushy”! I even WON this stamp set as a Prize Patrol from Stampin’ Up! during the Occasions Catalog Reveal that was livestreamed! Who would think you could win a prize sitting at your computer?! While I wasn’t crazy about this stamp set at first, you can’t but fall in love with this woodsman and his cute flannel shirt that you can stamp or color any way you want! Lots of possibilities with this stamp set, and of course it won’t just be for Valentine’s Day with different greetings. I cut out the woodsman with my Paper Snips so I could place everything on the card the way I wanted (copying a sample in the Occasions Catalog!). He was surprisingly easy to cut out so don’t be afraid! Of course using Paper Snips Scissors makes cutting easy! They REALLY make a difference! Every stamper should have a pair.

And for a fun Valentine, how about the Cheerful Critters Photopolymer Stamp Set?! These “critters” just make you happy no matter what project you are making!  And with their signs and arms up you can add any greeting you like. After coloring the bunny critter with the Blendabilities Markers, I cut out with Paper Snips and cut out her arms without the sign so she could hold up the heart, die cut with the Hearts Collection Framelits Die. The background is stamped with the little grouping of tiny hearts from the You Plus Me stamp set.  Just think of how often you can use those cute little hearts because hearts and stars are for any occasion!  Good to have on hand!

If you are making valentines at the last minute today, I hope these ideas inspire some creative ideas for you whether or not you have these exact stamp sets or materials.

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Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Masculine Valentine Card for Your Husband

Masculine Valentine Card for Your HusbandNow that the valentines you made have been mailed and the valentines for your kids’ classes have been made and will be passed out this afternoon at the school parties, it’s probably time to think about a masculine Valentine card for your husband (or boyfriend)! Chances are, the men aren’t going to ooh and aah over our beautiful cards we make like our friends might, so you may as well keep it simple. My husband has been known to open his card, read it, put it down, and not say a word. But that’s him and I do know he has at least COME to appreciate my handmade cards. We do place some importance on the cards we give each other and what they say and how they look.

Most “masculine” cards have darker colors, simpler design, less embellishment and maybe more texture. Somehow we often feel at a loss when we go to make a card for a man, but it’s really not that hard. You just usually have to think in terms of the things I just mentioned.

Since I just received the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack in my most recent order, I was flipping through it and spied this woodgrain paper. As it happens, we need to do some replacement of part of our wood fence and gate, so you could say the paper kind of goes along with that! Not that it matters so much, I might have picked the woodgrain paper regardless!

I was thinking about a heart, or a heart cutout or something, when I thought of this round image in the You Plus Me Stamp Set. I thought maybe it looked a little like the knots in the wood or something somebody might carve into wood. I stamped it in Early Espresso Ink to match the paper and punched out with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch. I also punched out the little heart in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to cover the little white heart that is part of the stamp. Then since I had just received the Confetti Hearts Border Punch, I had to play with that, and punched all the tiny hearts and glued a stream of them to the card.

It’s a very simple card to make if you still need a valentine for your husband!  If you don’t own the Adventure Bound Paper Stack, use the Hardwood Stamp instead. And if you don’t own the Adventure Bound Paper Stack, put it on your next order if you ever need to make masculine cards because it will be great.  There is a coordinating stamp set as well, Adventure Awaits, that you might like. And if you want to save money, but them together in a Bundle to save 15%.

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Do you have a valentine card made for your husband?

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Valentine Card with Hearts

Valentine Card with HeartsTime to make a valentine card with hearts! This one has die cut hearts and punched out hearts!  The card base is Real Red with a Whisper White card stock layer. I used the Hearts Border Punch to punch the row of hearts along the edge. The red card stock underneath shows through to look like a row of red hearts!  The two hearts in the  center of the card are die cut with the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies from a sheet in the the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack and the Gold Foil Sheets.  The greeting is stamped from You Plus Me. And for a finishing touch I tied on some Gold Baker’s Twine. Pretty easy valentine to make if you are looking for last minute ideas!

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Have fun making some valentines!

Quick and Easy Valentine Top Note Purse Candy Treat Bag

Valentine Top Note Purse Candy Treat Bag

Looking for a last minute, quick and easy valentine treat?  Try the Valentine Top Note Purse Candy Treat Bag!  It’s very easy to die cut the Top Note Die with the Big Shot and the fold the one end over to look like a purse. Punch two holes in the fold to insert ribbon and tie knots in the ends or adhere to inside. I used the retired small cello bags from Stampin’ Up!, but if you had the medium Cello Bags you could turn the Top Note die the other way to fit the larger bag or just fold the bag down to the narrower size you want if it doesn’t quite fit. Fill the bag with candy or whatever treat you have and fold the top over. I adhered the bag to the inside of the purse using Fast Fuse and a little on the flap part of the purse to hold it down on the front.

Decorate the front flap of the purse to your liking! I attached a Very Vintage Designer Button with a few Glue Dots. The bow on it is made with the Gold Baker’s Twine, just attached with a Glue Dot. It was too difficult to try to get the twine through the button so I gave up, made a bow and just stuck it on! For a little more bling, I punched two hearts from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper with the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

If you don’t own the Top Note Die, I would cut a piece of card stock in a rectangle and fold over similarly. Maybe round the corners.  Then I would go order the Top Note Die because it is one of the all-time favorites!

Time is running out to get those class valentine treats done and valentines mailed out! Here’s what your table can look like when you are making valentines!

Valentine Making DayIf you think any of your friends can use a valentine treat idea, please click on one of the social media buttons below this post to share!  Or send them this link!

Flip Up Valentine Card

Flip Up Valentine Card

Can you believe it is Valentine week?! Valentine’s Day is Saturday, February 14th, so it is time to get those valentines made and mailed! Doesn’t making valentines remind you of being in elementary school and decorating a shoe box or lunch sack to hold all your class valentines? Just thinking about valentines probably reminds you of construction paper and paste if you made some of your valentines!  Maybe you even had doilies or glitter or maybe stickers if you were lucky!

This valentine is made with high quality Stampin’ Up! card stock and sophisticated adhesive, not construction paper and paste!  I got the idea to fold a sheet of Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack in half and die cut a heart from the Hearts Collection Framelits DiesThe die is placed just below the fold at the top of the paper (be careful of the pattern you are choosing so that the design will be going the right way!) so that you can open up the heart at the fold. I also cut a smaller heart from Whisper White and stamped with a greeting from the Perfect Pennants Stamp Set. The little red heart is punched with the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. I also punched two Basic Black arrows from the What’s Up PunchOne is adhered so that the tail end shows and the other so that the front tip of the arrow shows. The white heart is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The heart is adhered to a piece of Real Red card stock embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. The red card stock is layered on the Basic Black card stock.  When you open the heart, you can see the pattern from the other side of the sheet from the Stacked with Love Paper StackIn order to have a greeting inside, I die cut a smaller Whisper White heart and stamped with a greeting from the You Plus Me Stamp Set. I love the color scheme of black & white and Real Red, Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral.  You can buy the paper stack and stamp set together in a Bundle and save 15%!

Flip Up Valentine Card Inside

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Try making a flip up valentine for someone and mail it today! Your friend will certainly appreciate it!

Life in the Forest Valentine Card

Life in the Forest Valentine Card

Today I had fun playing with the Life in the Forest Stamp Set and made it into a valentine card! I think those two animals have something going on! I stamped them with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White card stock and colored in with Blendabilities Markers so that I could cut them out with my Paper Snips and place them on the “grass”.  The grass is two strips of Old Olive torn to give it that rough edge. The trees are stamped on the Brights Backgrounds Designer Series paper and cut out. The greeting on the card is stamped with the Just Sayin’ Stamp Set. The background of the paper is sponged lightly with Soft Sky ink.

It’s fun to play with these little animals and especially to color with the Blendabilities Markers. You must use Memento Ink and they work best using Whisper White Card Stock.  Just be sure to have something underneath the card stock when you color as the ink will seep through the paper. I love the feel of coloring with these markers. You don’t HAVE to do the blending and shading with them, if you like you can just color in with them.  Keep it fun and easy! But these markers really are fun to play with.

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Valentine Candy Bar Treat

Valentine Candy Bar Treat

Valentine’s Day is getting close!  Here is an easy idea!  Just wrap a candy bar, whatever size, in card stock and/or designer paper and decorate. You will easily have a Valentine Candy Bar Treat! Make it as simple or as embellished as you like! For class valentines, you need to keep it pretty simple, maybe just designer paper and a punched out heart or two. For your loved one, maybe go crazy!

This sample is wrapped in Real Red card stock and then wrapped with a piece of paper from the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack.  I stamped a greeting from the You Plus Me Stamp Set. I chose the “you’re sweet” sentiment since I was doing a candy bar! The little hearts are punched with the heart punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

You can do any size candy bar, from the jumbo ones down to the little snack size.  Better buy extra, though, so you can eat one while you stamp!

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For Moms: Valentine Treat Bag Idea

Valentine Card Treat Bag

Moms, are you looking for some kind of treat idea for your children’s Valentine class parties or maybe just Valentine treats for the teachers? This is an idea I got from watching the live stream from the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference last week.  Sara Douglass (Shelli’s daughter) presented this idea on stage:  Take a sheet from the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack, and cut it in half lengthwise. Fold in half and punch the top layer with the Sweetheart Punch (on sale this week on the Weekly Deals!). Then stamp a greeting on the inside layer to show through the punched out heart.  I used a stamp from the You Plus Me Stamp Set.  I really just eyeballed it but you could mark the inside or use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

For this project I used the Chevron Tag a Bag Gift Bag. Put a treat inside, fold down the top edge, fold a Tea Lace Paper Doily over the top and use the Stampin’ Up! Handheld Stapler to attach the little card and hold the bag closed.

Valentine Card Treat Bag card insideOn stage at Leadership, this is the project Sara showed.  She used the Petite Cafe Gift Bags and just placed the little card at the top edge of the bag. Then she just rolled down the top edge, which also held the card in place! Very simple and easy!

Valentine Card Treat Bags Leadership
You can really use this idea with any designer paper, make the card wider if you want, embellish the bag more. I had to “push myself away from the table” to keep it simple and not add any extra stuff that it really didn’t need to a Valentine Treat Bag.

The Stacked with Love Paper Stack has turned out to be one of the most popular items in the Occasions Catalog! And it won’t just be for Valentine’s Day either. Hearts are good for any time and certainly the black and white sides of the paper will be easy to use always.

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Make a Card of Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Card of Hearts

When coming up with this Valentine card, my main focus was using the Stacked with Love Designer Washi Tape. I’ve partially hidden it now with my hearts, but you can still see the black and white tapes and the  white with gold hearts. Washi tape is so fun and easy to use in many ways. And it’s forgiving because you can pull it back up and tape it down again. Just tear off the ends, no need to be perfect with the scissors or wrap around the edge of the card.

After getting the Washi Tape where I wanted it, I proceeded to die cut a bunch of hearts with the Big Shot and the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies I used Basic Black, Real Red, and Whisper White card stock as well as the Gold Foil Sheets and the Champagne Glimmer Paper  (or you could use the Gold). Then I just played around with the placement of the hearts until I was satisfied with the look. But THEN I got excess glue on the gold foil heart from the glimmer heart moving out of place when I put it upside down to add the Stampin’ Dimensionals – so I had to partially cover it with a small red heart! The greeting is from And Many Morea great stamp set with many phrases to use.

The card is layered on a Gold Foil Sheet and then onto Basic Black for the card base. If you are running short on the gold foil, you can cut out a piece of the center of the gold foil layer which will be hidden underneath the card layer.

Surprise your friends and loved ones by making a BUNCH of valentines and mailing them out! You never know what an impact a handmade card in the mail might make on someone! Everything these days is digital and email and text messages and all that, but a real card or letter in the mail is something special – and always has been. Make someone’s day special when they find a card from you in their mailbox!

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals February 3 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Feb 3 2015

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals out today until next Monday, February 9. The items that jump out at me of course are the three punches! The Ornate Tag Topper Punch is in the Occasions Catalog right now! And what’s more timely right now than the Hearts Border Punch and the Sweetheart Punch for Valentine’s Day, but really hearts are good year round.

At Leadership last week, Carrie Cudney of the Stampin’ Up! Home Office made a cute project using just the bottom of the Hamburger Box Die to hold cute little Cheerful Critters Notecards. Here is a photo from my laptop screen as I was watching from home!

Hamburger Box Die Note Card Holder
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Stacked With Love Valentine Card

Stacked With Love Valentine Card

It was announced at the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference last week that the best-selling item in the Occasions Catalog is the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack! Maybe because Valentine’s Day is coming soon or that paper stacks are so cute and handy in their size?! Today I chose this pattern from the paper stack and designed this valentine card around it. (Yes, the circles are offset in the design on purpose!)

Originally I was just going to have the one heart and the little banner greeting on this card, but once I finished this card, it didn’t look right.  Either the heart needed to be larger or it needed to be up higher. I almost let it go, but decided to try adding a heart or more sizes. Once I added the second heart, it felt balanced and much better! The first heart I planned to emboss, probably with the Perfect Polka Dots like the upper heart, but decided to just add some lines with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. I tore pieces of the Tea Lace Paper Doily to place underneath the heart. I added a flower from the Rosette Trim in the Artisan Embellishment Kit (love those flowers!). The pearl on the other heart is also from the Artisan Kit. The greeting is one in the January Paper Pumpkin Kit!

It’s fun and easy to make your own valentines, just get out some paper, stamps and ink and go for it! Add some simple embellishments and you’ve got an original, creative card that you made yourself! What more could anyone want?!

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Want To Make a Valentine Treat Bag?

Valentine Treat Bag

Want to make a quick and easy Valentine treat bag? Just grab a Chevron Tag a Bag Gift Bag and decorate for Valentine’s Day! These bags are a nice size for plenty of treats or perhaps even big enough to enclose a small gift.

To embellish this gift bag, I found a pattern in the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack that I liked and cut the little tail at the end like a banner. I also used the You Plus Me Stamp Set.  You can purchase the paper stack and the stamp set together in a Bundle and save 15%! I stamped the greeting from the You Plus Me Stamp Set and punched with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch. That is layered on circles cut from the Circles Collection Framelits Dies. Extra little hearts were punched with the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

So easy! You could even fold down the top for a flap and tie with a piece of ribbon or staple the top. The bag is large enough you could even enclose a valentine card inside!

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Class Valentines for Girls & Weekly Deals

Two Hearts 3 x 3 Valentine

It’s about time to start thinking about class valentines for school parties! Over the weekend I had two moms come over and get an early start on valentines for their three school classes. Since I knew we would be making LOTS of valentines, I needed to keep them simple and doable. That meant we probably wanted to punch rather than crank the Big Shot fifty times, make sure I had enough supplies for that many valentines, and basically keep them fairly simple to make and remember that it would be little children receiving these who weren’t going to care how creative we were, who might only barely look at them before tossing aside.  YET we were making them and enjoying doing that so we didn’t mind putting in a little work!

I knew Elsie liked pink and would want some bling and shine on her valentines for her all-girl 2nd grade class! I had some retired Pretty in Pink 3″ x 3″ notecards in my old stash so that saved cutting and scoring and were just the right size. Melon Mambo is a color that goes with Pretty in Pink so I made the layer from Melon Mambo paper in the Brights Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack.  The hearts are punched with the retired Heart Punch. One is made from the Silver Glimmer Paper and the other heart is stamped with a retired stamp set P.S. I Love You. The greeting is stamped on a little 1/2″ wide banner from a stamp in the January Paper Pumpkin Kit! The little staple from the Stampin’ Up! Handheld Stapler adds a cute little touch. And for some bling, we added a little Rhinestone Jewel to the heart. The hearts are popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The inside of the card is stamped with the “You’re the Best” stamp in the Just Sayin’ Stamp Set  that Elsie chose herself to use.

After the valentines, Elsie wanted to play (not with toys but with stamps!), and I had already spotted this past kit that I thought she might have fun with. In just a few minutes she had a whole bunch of flowers made! I have no doubt she can now use these flowers to embellish some other projects at home! She also made the popular rubber band bracelets for everyone in her class to give out with her valentines! Elsie is quite the stamper even at her young age.  She knew exactly what she was doing when she was helping us with the valentines, and I loved having a child’s touch to all the valentines for herself, her brother Wyatt, and her friend Carl. Isn’t she the cutest thing?!

Elsie

Don’t we all have the best memories of elementary class valentine parties, of decorating the shoe box or the bag, cutting hearts out of construction paper, using doiles, maybe even some glitter and glue?! I think I remember having a kit to assemble my own valentines rather than the typical store-bought valentines. So maybe it has all come full circle!

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Making Class Valentines

My Hero ValentineThis weekend I had the pleasure of having two moms come over to make class valentines for their three children’s classes. One daughter came along to help make the valentines for her class and her brother’s and the other mom brought her teenage goddaughter along to help out. We all had so much fun! That’s what happens when you stamp with nice people!

I designed the superhero valentine in the photo above using the Calling All Heroes Photopolymer Stamp Set, and we made fifty of these for the boys to give out to their classes. You can easily make female superheroes as well with this set if you want. I found some retired small notecards to use that were just the right size so that saved time cutting and scoring paper. There were quite a few steps involved but we didn’t mind the time because it’s what we enjoy doing.

We made quicker work of cutting out the faces by punching them out with the Stampin’ Up! Owl Punch. Just trim off the owl feet from the top of the superhero’s head and round off the chin area which was the top of the owl! You can do it before or after stamping, depending on what works for you. With the photopolymer stamps, you might be able to combine the hair and the mouth on one block and stamp once and then add in the mask.

Tomorrow I will show you the “girl” valentine! So pretty!

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Easy Red, Black and White Valentine Card

Easy Red, Black and White Valentine Card

Since I’ve been talking about using up scraps recently, I had to show you this card I made in minutes from a few extra pieces I found on my table. They turned into my easy red, white and black Valentine card! Some other day when I was cutting out hearts with the Hearts Collection Framelit Dies I just saved these scraps. This card began when I just paged through the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack and chose this paper with the x’s and o’s. I was debating exactly what to put on the front when I remembered these spare hearts and things over at the corner of the table. When I found them it was easy just placing them on the card and feeling satisfied with my creation. Then I just added a little bow with the Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon. The greeting is stamped with the You Plus Me Stamp SetI suggest the Bundle of Stacked with Love Paper Stack and the stamp set and save 15%!

Don’t forget the new stamp set, Better Than E-mail Photopolymer Stamp Set! If you are making and selling cards, even if you are not a Demonstrator, you must add the Stampin’ Up! copyright stamp to your cards or any Stampin’ Up! images you are selling per the Angel Policy. Even if you are just making cards, I think these are great to stamp on the back just like the big card companies! Then sign or initial your card and put the date if you like.

Better Than Email Stamp Set

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Make a Card From Scraps

Make a Card Out of ScrapsOver the weekend, I found a plastic bag full of paper scraps, and I made this Valentine card mostly out of those scraps! My “system” is to shove scrap pieces into the card stock package, but these must have been some that were just loose for a long time and finally got collected into one bag when I HAD to clean up. Some of the colors were even retired! These Mixed Bunch stamps were already stamped on some scraps so I punched those out with the Blossom Punch. For the flower centers, I copied an idea I saw on Pinterest, making centers from little hearts! I used the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and the 7/8″ Circle Scallop Punch.  The Honeycomb Embossing Folder was also in the bag of scraps so I used that as my background layer on a card base of Tempting Turquoise since the weather has warmed up and the sun has come out.  I thought we needed a bright card! The designer paper on the card is from the Stacked with Love Paper Stack in the Occasions Catalog. The greeting is stamped with the You Plus Me Stamp Set. There is also a bundle if you like that paper and stamp set, the You Plus Me Bundle.

Find some scraps that you have and make an effort to use them in a card or other project today!

Weekly Deals

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for January 20 -26, 2015!  If you need markers or baker’s twine you are in luck this week!

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Make a Heart Garland for Valentine’s Day

Heart Garland Hanging

These heart garlands made with strips of paper are quite popular on the internet. Once I found one of these hearts, I found them everywhere! I wanted to use the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack but I also needed 8″ long strips. Luckily Stampin’ Up! has the Back To Black Designer Series Paper that I could use with the Stacked with Love papers.

There are some other methods of assembling them, but they are all easy to do. While we think of hearts for Valentine’s Day, this garland could be made for weddings or party decorations. Change the paper color and design for other occasions. Think how cute this would be for a baby shower or bridal shower!

Heart Garland One Heart

These are the instructions I followed to make these paper hearts. You can also find slightly different

directions using staples instead of glue and assembling the strips in a different way.

Cut 1″ wide strips of paper in these sizes:

2 – 8″ strips

3 – 6″ strips

2 – 4″ strips

Lay these strips out on the table in this order:

8″, 6″, 4″, 6″, 4″, 6″, 8″

The 6″ strip in the center is the center strip that will remain straight and become the hanger. Checking the way you want your paper patterns to go, adhere the bottom edges of the three strips on one side of the center 6″ strip. One time I used Glue Dots and the other hearts I used Liquid Multipurpose Glue (the green glue!). You just have to hold for a few seconds when you use the glue until it sticks. Glue this stack of strips to the center 6″ strip also at the bottom.

Then take the 4″ strip in the glued together stack, bend the top, put some glue on the end that will attach to the middle area of the center 6″ strip.

Heart Garland Strips Glueing

Next do the same with the 6″ strip.

Heart Garland Strips Glueing2

And finally the last 8″ strip.  Then you have half of your heart.  Do the same with the strips for the other side.

Punch a hole in the top of that center 6″ strip for each heart to thread ribbon through to hand. I used the Real Red 3/8″ Satin Woven Ribbon that was in the Holiday Catalog. I wish they had carried that over because it is SO pretty! But you can also use the Real Red 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon or any ribbon of your choice. You might even want to tie extra ribbons on between the hearts or add other decorations of some kind.

This is an easy papercraft to make and certainly is versatile for many occasions! All you need are paper strips and adhesive!

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Make a Pretty Love Card

Pretty Love Card

Make a pretty love card or Valentine or whatever nice occasion card you want to call it with a simple heart and embellishment on some pretty background paper.  This paper, layered on Coastal Cabana on a Sahara Sand card base, is one that you can earn FREE during Sale-A-Bration going on now through the end of March.  The paper is called Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper #138633 and you can find it on page 4 of the Sale-A-Bration Brochure HERE. With just a $50 purchase of any current Stampin’ Up! merchandise you can choose any of the free items in the brochure. No limits! You can choose from ribbon and buttons to paper to stamp sets to Project Life by Stampin’ Up! to EVEN Blendabilties Markers on page 20!

As I was cutting and working with this pattern from the Best Year Ever DSP I really noticed how pretty it was! Such soft pretty colors designed into tulip or flower shapes! I didn’t want to detract too much from the paper so I kept the hearts simple and stamped a small size greeting from the Something To Say Stamp Set in the Annual Catalog, page 104.

Of course I had to add some kind of embellishment, so I decided to get out the Artisan Embellishment Kit in the Occasions Catalog. I decided to use one of the doilies in the kit and one of the soft flowers. The ribbons and other embellishments in the kit are really pretty. Just a special touch to add to any card or project!

Artisan Kit

The back of every package of designer series paper has a listing of the colors that coordinate with that paper.  You can use that list as inspiration to help you design your project by choosing coordinating colors. I used to write the names of the colors on the back of the package after someone else figured it out! Now it is nice that Stampin’ Up! just adds the list to the package!

To shop and earn your free Sale-A-Bration gift, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!  Be sure to check all the categories in the left sidebar of the store, such as the Clearance Rack and the Weekly Deals, so you don’t miss a thing!

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You Plus Me Confetti Hearts Valentine Card

You Plus Me Confetti Hearts Valentine Card

As I paged through the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack this black and white pattern caught my eye, and that was the start of this card.  And just because I wanted to use the Stacked with Love Designer Washi Tape I put a strip of it across the bottom of the card and I think it looks okay! The sentiment is from the You Plus Me Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions CatalogIt is punched out with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, layered on Gold Foil die cut from the Starburst Framelits Die and then layered again on the 2″ Circle Punch.

I suppose I was influenced by the star confetti in the shaker cards I was making with my December Paper Pumpkin Kit, so I punched a few hearts from Real Red and Gold Foil with the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I dosubt you can have too many hearts on a Valentine!

If you need any Valentine supplies, remember with every $50 purchase you get to choose a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!

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You Plus Me Card

The stamp set, You Plus Me, to make this card is now available in the new Stampin’ Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog, which is live today! Yes, you can view it and order from it until June 2, 2015.  If my card above looks a little like the one from yesterday, it is very similar!  The same designer paper I used on yesterday’s card from the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack is just turned over to the other side, the black and white chevron pattern. To jazz it up a little I added some Silver Glimmer Paper to each side. The background on the Whisper White layer is stamped in Real Red Ink with a stamp in the set. I thought that was very cute! The hearts are die cut with the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies even the little ones.

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Stampin' Up! Occasions 2015 Catalog

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And the biggest Stampin’ Up! promotion of the year begins today as well!  Sale-A-Bration! 

During Sale-A-Bration, purchase $50 in Stampin’ Up! products (before shipping and tax) and choose a free Sale-A-Bration product from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog!

Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration 2015 Catalog

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As if all that wasn’t enough, here are the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals! Really, really great items discounted this week!

Weekly Deal Jan 6 2015

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